Thursday, January 14, 2010

Ralph's Bedroom



I promised Ralph we would work on making his room super cool. What if we started with a big oversize music poster — like these I saw on Apartment Therapy. Cool right? And maybe add in a couple of these amazing pillows from Erin Flett that I spotted on Decor8.



Dear Readers, did you ever collect records? My brother had a collection and I loved looking at the covers. CDs and cassette tapes could never compare — they don't have enough real estate.

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Blogger argylesocks said...

Love the look. Yes, I am an avid record collector. When I was a teenager I rigged up an awesome system for hanging them on the wall with minimal damage to the wall and none to the records. Because, why not, instant posters of all the best bands.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 4:50:00 PM EST  
Blogger Amy H. said...

Perfect...My hubby would be super jealous.

Loved records...loved flipping through my parents collection, lots of Stones, The Who, Zepplin...you know all the good stuff! Real rock and real music

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 5:25:00 PM EST  
Anonymous madge said...

My husband and I had a pretty respectable record collection. Then about 10 years ago, he found an abandoned treasure trove of classic rock albums in the basement of a building he used to manage. Jackpot!

Have always wanted to use the covers in some decorating aspect. Would love to hear argylesocks' technique.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 6:10:00 PM EST  
Blogger Design Mom said...

I think you all need to send me photos of your awesome record collections!

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 7:12:00 PM EST  
Blogger Zach & Hannah Parris said...

I would also suggest framing cool posters from classic groups like the beatles in quality matching frames to fill up a long wall.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 7:59:00 PM EST  
Blogger Meghan said...

I never had much In the way of LPs... Too much a part of the CD generation I guess. My cool music collection is a set of posters from the Filmore. It started with a picture book of some posters which I took apart and hung in my college dorm. Now that I have a job (and a nicer place to decorate), I scour the earth for originals. I think they're fabulous, and the music they go with is even better.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 9:04:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jessica said...

You should check out the gift that blogger Soulemama made for her son for Christmas (speaking of homemade Christmas)...She gathered many LP's from thrift stores etc to come up with a great collection and then they got him a real turn table to use for his own liking in his room. Very cute idea.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 10:13:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kaylen said...

I collect records now. I love looking at them. When I first saw Almost Famous as a freshman in high school, I knew I had to have a record collection. So a-thrifting I went! I have a pretty good collection now.

Also, Ralph is going to have the COOLEST room ever! Jealous.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 10:33:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Patti said...

Sounds like it will look amazing. I love flipping through my grandparents old vinyl collection.

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 12:48:00 AM EST  
Blogger CMN said...

back to that idea of framing LP covers... I suggest hanging frames in a 'grid' of 4, 9, or 12 square-framed pieces. The frames become a fixed piece, but the pictures are totally changeable as Ralph's tastes in music (or album art) change -- and what do you want to bet it's something he'll LOVE about his room for at least the next 10 years?

Restoration Hardware used to have awesome square, LP frames designed just for that purpose (holding an actual LP cover). Reasonably priced too. Last time I checked the still had them online. Fingers crossed!

Or if you wanted to go for more recent CD cover art... you could scan it and print larger images to frame, or frame them cd case-size (i.e., as-is). IKEA has square frames with cut mats that fit CD case size, though the IKEA frames are a little harder to change-out than Restoration Hardware's LP frame. Still, for the IKEA price... you could easily do 9 or 12 of them without breaking the bank!

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 1:43:00 AM EST  
Blogger Lindsey said...

My dad gave me his old record collection and there is some great stuff in there. I treasure it (and occasionally add new things to the collection) - eventually I would like to buy some record frames (I've seen them at Urban Outfitters) and frame some of the best ones for our entertainment room.

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 2:19:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Mary said...

I am a designer and we framed 16 album covers to hang in a 4x4 grid for a teenage boy's room and it looks great. Michaels has the square black frames for cheap when frames are on sale. Right now there is an extra 25% off coupon that you can print online. I was there yesterday and pretty much all their frames are 40% off, so that is a good deal. I would think the album ones are on sale too. Good luck! I love the huge poster idea!

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 7:34:00 AM EST  
Blogger Heather said...

My husband has these really awesome band T-shirts. They're getting pretty old and raggety, so we've been talking about framing a few of them in shadow boxes and hanging them in our bedroom. That way they could live forever.

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 8:10:00 AM EST  
Blogger Jessica Jo said...

we still do collect records, are you kidding? They sound much better. Ebay has great deals.

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 10:22:00 AM EST  
Blogger heather said...

I totally collect vinyl. My collection primarily consists of original cast recordings of soundtracks to musicals - LOVE THEM - but I also have a few that I keep just because I LOVE the covers (i.e. Hall and Oats, American Grafitti, Breakfast at Tiffany's).

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 11:18:00 AM EST  
Blogger Cathi said...

Sadly, just last month we threw out (yup, trashed) over 100 record albums from the 60's - 90's. We just didn't have a record player anymore and they were not in mint condition. :(

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 2:06:00 PM EST  
Blogger Anne said...

haha, we have about 20 boxes I would love to just give to someone. :)

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 4:23:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Isabel @AlphaMom said...

girl, my husband is a big record collector and audiophile: http://www.stereophile.com/interviews/607kal/

So, over the years I have thought a lot about showcasing records as art.

Several years ago I saw an article or show where they featured John Leguziamo's bathroom. He had decoupaged hundreds of comic book covers into wall paper.

I've always wanted to do the same by buying great album covers from a flea market. Vinyl albums are only expensive if the records themselves are in pristine conditions. Otherwise there are TONS of people who are willing to part with their crates of records at an inexpensive rate.

Thanks for reminding me about this. I think I'm going to tackle it in my powder room this year. Now I just need a NYC-based decoupage artist. Anybody? Beuller?

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 4:47:00 PM EST  
Blogger Andrea said...

I loved browsing through my parents' record collection when I was a teenager. Record albums are the best.

My little brother figured out this cool way to display some of the album covers from my parents' collection along the top of his wall, using thumbtacks and propping them at an angle. It looks so great.

Anyway, you'll have to post a photo of your son's room when you're finished. I need inspiration for when my sons are old enough to want a "cool" room of their own! That time will be here before I know it.

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 6:32:00 PM EST  
Blogger argylesocks said...

My method for those of you that are curious. I took binder clips and clipped them on the top of the record cover, then i got some fun looking push pins and put the push pins in the walls and hung the covers on the pushpins using the loops on the binder clips. These days you can find all sorts of colors and looks for both pins and binder clips.

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 10:44:00 PM EST  
Blogger Terresa said...

My girlfriend used to hang old school album covers in her retro hip bathroom. I always loved her decorating skillz!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 10:25:00 PM EST  

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